May 192020
 

Non-Executive Director - Parallel Learning Trust

SOUTH EAST ENGLAND AND SOUTH LONDON | BROMLEY
CEO/ General Management | Change Management | Corporate Governance | Growth Management | Human Resources | Legal/Compliance | Property/Estate management | Risk
Deadline date: 26th June 2020

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Bromley?

Parallel Learning Trust seeks two non-executives/directors and a member to join its board. Parallel Learning Trust is a growing multi-academy Trust established in 2014, with expertise in primary, special and alternative provision and driven by the moral imperative to educate and develop young minds in preparation for their futures in the world of work.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

Parallel Learning Trust is a growing multi-academy Trust established in 2014, with expertise in primary, special and alternative provision across diverse areas of Essex County, London and Kent. This is an exciting time for the trust as there are two major building projects underway and further growth plans with two live applications for new Special Free Schools currently with the DfE for consideration.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in

  • human resources or
  • construction/ facilities management or
  • finance or
  • growth/change management
  • corporate governance

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  • Growth management: oversight of the set-up and launch of new provisions and expansion of existing provision
  • Governance: developing the London, Kent and Essex hubs to be sustainable and ensuring appropriate local level governance
  • Developing quality: ensuring consistency across the trust in delivery, balanced by a real understanding of local needs and community

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our alumni network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

What next?

A full trust specification is available here: Parallel Learning -Full Trust Specification 2020.pdf

May 182020
 

Trustees - Insane Root Theatre Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

https://www.insaneroot.co.uk/

SOUTH WEST (UNPAID VOLUNTEER)

Insane Root Theatre is delighted to be working with Moon Executive Search to recruit high-calibre individuals, who together will form the board of trustees of a new Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO) board, called Insane Root Theatre (CIO). When the new CIO has been registered with the Charity Commission, existing Insane Root Theatre will transition its public benefit arts activities into that CIO.

Insane Root Theatre are a Bristol-born theatre company with a background specialising in reimagining classic plays and well-known stories by presenting them in unusual locations. Their unique performances are intimate, narrative-driven, immersive experiences.

As the Charity’s official recruitment partner, Moon Executive Search will help shape the future of this new Charity through the recruitment of a new board of trustees.

WHY WE NEED YOU

We want to hear from you if you have a passion for attending live performance, as well as heritage, education and ideally, making theatre accessible and fun. We need ambitious and well-connected people who are willing to develop relationships to help grow and develop the theatre organisation. Our board now seeks a treasurer, fundraiser and communication trustee.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AND WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED?

This is a brand-new project, so you should ideally have experience of being a trustee, non-executive or senior manager. You will need strong networking skills and a willingness to develop relationships to help secure funding from private individuals, trusts and companies.

We are looking for a range of experience and capabilities that could include anyone from:

  • Commercial business
  • Professional services
  • Accountancy services
  • Marketing, PR, Event Management
  • Legal
  • Education and Training
  • Health and wellbeing
  • 3rd sector
  • Fundraising professionally or voluntary
  • Community engagement professional or voluntary

In terms of personal qualities, we are seeking to recruit confident, dynamic individuals who are willing to commit some time to seeing this project grow and develop from the beginning. You will need to have good strategic planning and organisational skills, a passion for, and an understanding of the charity and its aims. You will need to use your business or community network to promote what the charity is looking to achieve. You will be ambitious, tenacious, and not afraid to make ‘the ask’. You should also be approachable, flexible, and able to work as part of a team, as that will be key to the Board’s success.

To find out more, please contact our retained search consultants Vanessa Moon Director of Moon Executive Search and Sandy Hinks Head of Charity Practice via recruit@moonexecsearch.com or call 01275 371200 quoting ref MC02084. A copy of your CV and no more than two sides of A4 expression of interest will be required.

Closing date 12 noon Sunday 14th June. Interview dates tbc likely to be 23rd and 24th June. Due to COVID 19 circumstances we will conduct interviews online via ZOOM.

May 182020
 

Board Members - Glasgow Kelvin College

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Reference: 2761
Remuneration: Non remunerated
Location: Glasgow City
Closing date: 29 May 2020 at midday
Ref: BOM/01/05/20

Recruitment of Board Members for the Board of Management of Glasgow Kelvin College

Glasgow Kelvin College's ethos derives from its commitment to excellence, progression and enterprise. It seeks to provide learning opportunities of the highest quality, which engage learners from the widest range of backgrounds, and support their progression to employment or to further study. It seeks to develop enterprise in individuals – as a core skill for learning, life and work; and to support enterprise in both organisations and communities – by developing the capacity of both employers/employees and of community representatives.

The members of our Board and Committees make an important contribution to Glasgow Kelvin College. They bring experience, knowledge and commitment,enabling them to contribute to the College's strategic direction, governance and continued development. Positions on the Board are currently voluntary and unpaid, but bring huge rewards to members. Your input can make a real difference to the education and prospects of our learners and their wellbeing as well as contributing to the success of the communities of Glasgow, in particular, as we look to recover and develop from the impact of Covid-19.

The Board is currently seeking to recruit new members of the Board of Management. The Board seeks to give equal opportunities to all who wish to contribute to the College's success and who have a particular interest in developing Further and Higher Education and improving outcomes for learners. We especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds and from people with disabilities as these groups are currently under-represented on our Board of Management.

As a member you will be interested in post-school education, particularly further and higher education in a college context and we would welcome applications from people with Finance, HR and Corporate Services experience. There is an estimated time commitment of approximately 12 hours per month which takes into cognisance reading of papers. The position is unpaid, however, relevant expenses will be reimbursed.

Further Information / How to apply

If you would like to apply, please complete the online application form providing details of why you are interested in becoming a Member of the Board of Management of the College and the expertise, experience and knowledge you can bring to this role.

https://recruitment.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk/vacancies/details/448

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 29 May 2020.

Please note interviews are scheduled to be held in June 2020 – dates are to be finalised and, it is anticipated that interviews will be held online due to social distancing/COVID-19.

Glasgow Kelvin College welcomes applications irrespective of age, disability, race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, political views or trade union membership; and supports flexible work practices. Disabled applicants who meet the essential requirements will be interviewed. The above post will be subject to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and as such the successful candidate will be required to make an application for membership under the Scheme.

This appointment is overseen by the Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board (GCRB). Further information about GCRB and other opportunities in the region can be found on its website: http://www.gcrb.ac.uk/

The Board of Management of Glasgow Kelvin College is a Scottish Registered Charity, Registration no. SC021207

Application Information

*Please note that this is not a regulated public appointment, therefore the Public Appointments Team are unable to answer any queries in relation to this vacancy, please contact the Board directly*

Additional Information

May 182020
 

2 Non-Executive Directors - Cidari Multi Academy Trust

LANCASHIRE AND WEST YORKSHIRE | BLACKBURN
Audit | CFO/Financial | Human Resources | Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 26th June 2020

Cidari Multi Academy Trust seeks to recruit two new non-executive directors, with experience in legal or financial management, to the board. The trust was established in November 2013 and is part of the Blackburn Diocese; it comprises nine schools including nursey, primary and secondary schools. Board meetings are held at the Trust Central Offices in Blackburn Lancashire. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcome to apply.

About the trust

Cidari academies are located in Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire, as a result a significant number of pupils (60%) qualify for the Pupil Premium.

Across its nine schools, the trust serves around 2,850 pupils. It has 350 staff and a budget of £16 million.

Plans for the future

Three key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. To continue to improve core outcomes at KS1, KS2 and KS4
  2. To grow by two or three academies over the next two academic years.
  3. To maintain the good financial health of the MAT.

In the long term, as a well-established MAT, Cidari feels it is ready to support schools that may experience challenging circumstances. The trust is well equipped to welcome good schools who seek to join a collaborative, outward facing and altruistic family of academies.

Trust ethos & values

"To provide high quality education for all children based on clearly established Christian values and principles."

The trust works closely and collaboratively with its schools and other partners to ensure that it offers a strong caring ethos and a clear moral purpose. It encourages all schools to see themselves as part of a family with a shared vision, identity and purpose whilst maintaining their individuality.

Cidari Education Trust is committed to achieving excellence in education and see it as the right of every child to achieve their full potential and to flourish academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally.

The full mission statement is available here: https://www.cidarieducation.co.uk/about-us/mission-statement

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 2

Roles 1-2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • HR
    • Legal/Compliance, or
    • Qualified Accountant
  • Desirable
    • CFO/ Finance
    • Corporate Governance

Role 1: The trust seeks an experienced professional with skills in the legal/compliance field. The ideal candidate will have a legal qualification, will help scrutinize the various aspects of compliance and provide broader understanding on the board of information given by its legal advisers when necessary.

Role 2: The successful candidate is likely to have specific skills related to the oversight of finance and have a strong record of accomplishment of impact within their own career. Ideally, the candidate will be a qualified accountant or a partner in an accountancy practice. They will add to the board where all are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive and to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the trust.

Time commitment

6-8 hours per month.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Cidari Education Ltd, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE

https://www.cidarieducation.co.uk/

Governance structure

Under the umbrella of the Diocese of Blackburn, Cidari Education Ltd is governed through a Chair appointed by the Bishop of Blackburn and his senior Diocesan colleagues, a Board of Directors and Chief Executive.

https://www.cidarieducation.co.uk/governance/SODel

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process.

Deadline for applications: Friday 26th June 2020

May 182020
 

Non Executive Directors / Board Members - Finance, Audit, Risk; Customer Experience – Rooftop Housing Group

Posted by Networx on 14/05/2020 (14:30)
Location: Evesham, Worcestershire
Salary/Rate: £4,319/annum

Join us at a time of change and growth

To complement our existing Board at Rooftop Housing Group, we are looking for individuals with effective leadership skills, a strategic mindset and an ability to work with our Executive Team to demonstrate the highest standards of governance and sound decision-making principles.

As a Sunday Times Top 100, not-for-profit organisation, we have demonstrated our ability to operate as a highly performing dynamic business, offering housing, accommodation and support to young and older people in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

We are particularly interested in applicants who have skills and experience in risk, financial and audit matters and there is an expectation that this individual will join the Audit & Risk Committee.

We are also seeking applications from people with a strong background in customer experience either directly or indirectly.

Knowledge of the social housing sector, together with an understanding of their communities and local issues would be an advantage.

We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage those from under-represented groups to apply to ensure that our Board reflects the profile of the local communities and their customers. We value the contribution that Board members who consider themselves to have a disability would make.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications will be 12 noon on 3 June 2020.

Documents

Type: Permanent
Start Date: tbc
Contract Length: N/A
Contact Name: Natasha Stewart
Contact Email: natasha.stewart@networxrecruitment.com
Job Reference: NTXQI525985
Job ID: 212045160

May 172020
 

Non-Executive Director - Chancery Education Trust (CET)

SOUTH EAST ENGLAND AND SOUTH LONDON | KENT
CEO/ General Management | Change Management | Corporate Governance | Growth Management | Human Resources | Risk
Deadline date: 26th June 2020

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in Kent? Chancery Education Trust seeks two non-executives/directors to join its board to assist with growth plans who share the values of aspiration, challenge, and empowerment. Meetings will take place at Pickhurst Lane, West Wickham, Kent BR4 0HL.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

Chancery Education Trust, based in the Kent, has 3 schools spanning over Nursery and Primary education years, two schools are Ofsted rated outstanding and one has moved from special measures to good since joining the trust. The trust has 1,100 pupils on roll, 81 staff members and a budget of approximately £8 million.

The schools cater for a total of 98 pupils from less affluent backgrounds who are eligible to receive additional pupil premium grant funding, 172 pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and 197 pupils who have English as an additional language. The schools regularly outperform national averages in statutory testing.

The board seeks (x number) business leaders with expertise in

  • CEO/general management or
  • human resources - growth/change management or
  • risk or
  • corporate governance

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  • To sponsor new schools by taking existing schools into the trust
  • To apply to set up two new free schools
  • To raise the trust's profile and extend reach to new geographical areas of opportunities working collaboratively with other MATs

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands-off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
  • As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our alumni network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role. All roles are pro bono.

What next?

To be considered for the role please register your interest. A full trust specification is available: Chancery Education Trust - Full Trust Specification 2020.pdf

May 122020
 

Chair - The Caroline Walker Trust

The Caroline Walker Trust is looking for a Chair of Trustees to join a small charitable Trust. I was wondering if anyone here would like to consider this worthwhile opportunity to extend their experience and to help those affected by poor health as a result of poverty and insufficient or poor quality food.

The Trust was established in 1989 and named after the famous food campaigner Caroline Walker. www.cwt.org.uk

Its charitable object is to promote public health and to protect the quality of food for the public benefit in the UK. We are seeking someone with experience of chairing a board, preferably from health or charitable sector.

The time commitment is 4 - 6 x 2 hr meetings per year, with ad-hoc subcommittee meetings on strategy and marketing. Expenses will be paid.

If you feel you might be in a position to add value to a small charity by providing some leadership and governance expertise, then please contact me on kathy@cwt.org.uk and I'll send the Chair of Trustee Role, Responsibilities and Person Spec.

May 112020
 

2 Non-Executive Directors - Moredun Research Institute

Reference: 01-05-20
Salary: The posts are not remunerated but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed
Closing date: Friday 22 May 2020

MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE BOARD

The Moredun Research Institute (MRI) is seeking to appoint two non executive directors to its Board of Directors in the areas of governmental policy and/or livestock industry.

Applicants should possess excellent leadership, business and scientific skills, be familiar with the principles of corporate governance and be nationally recognised in any of the fields above. As a member of the Board you must also demonstrate a commitment to a high level of involvement and support for the work of the Institute.

This appointment will initially be for a period of 3 years with the possibility of re-appointment up to a max of 3 terms (9 years). The Board normally meets 4 times a year and in addition members may be asked to attend extraordinary meeting and strategic planning meetings but these are not expected to be more than 2 days a year.

Supporting Documents

May 092020
 

Non-Executive Director - Tennis Wales

Location: Cardiff
Salary/Rate: £NEG

Acorn Executive Search supports sport governing bodies in identifying NEDs in order to strengthen their Boards. On behalf of Tennis Wales, we're looking for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking person with specific skills, experience and knowledge relating to equality, diversity & inclusion, to join its Board.

About the role

Tennis Wales is the Governing Body of tennis in Wales. Our vision is tennis opened up across Wales. We're aiming to grow the game by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming & enjoyable across the country. We've published our strategy from 2020 - 2024 and are collaborating with the LTA, Sport Wales, and our partners and sponsors.

Tennis Wales is looking to recruit a Non-Executive Director to join the Tennis Wales Board and play an active role in delivering our strategy.

Main purpose

The successful applicant will take an active role in the policymaking & strategic development for Tennis Wales at Board level, taking an impartial view and providing independent oversight and challenge. They will provide specialist advice & support using their professional skills to benefit the organisation. Playing an active role on the Board, they will work with other Board members and the CEO to manage Tennis Wales with excellence and deliver our strategy.

This is a non-salaried position. Travel and other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed for attendance at official meetings and events on behalf of Tennis Wales. The Tennis Wales Board meets five times a year across Wales and there may be other additional activities and working groups. The term of office is for three years initially with a maximum of two, three-year terms.

Responsibilities

  1. To provide an independent & impartial view of Tennis Wales, offering the Board a different perspective along with guidance on matters of concern.
  2. To make an informed contribution to the strategy and objectives of Tennis Wales, offering an independent view to the organisation in an objective & constructive manner.
  3. To take shared responsibility for the performance of the organisation, monitoring performance to ensure Tennis Wales achieves its objectives and aims, operating as a high performing organisation.
  4. To represent Tennis Wales externally with excellence, promoting the work of the organisation, creating links & introductions to new partners that deliver our strategy.
  5. To provide oversight in relation to the finance & risk management of Tennis Wales, offering an independent & impartial view for the Board.
  6. To guide and support the Chief Executive and the executive team as requested on strategic projects related to Tennis Wales.
  7. To provide specialist and industry leading advice to Tennis Wales that benefits the organisation and delivers our strategy,

Qualifications and essential experience

  • Experience working at a senior level within an organisation, working at Board level or similar to make strategic decisions.
  • Professional qualifications or experience in key business areas for Tennis Wales such as fundraising, capital facility development or marketing.
  • Excellent communication skills, working with other Board members, stakeholder, funding partners and colleagues in the organisation.
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a company director.

Tennis Wales is an equal opportunities organisation and welcomes applications from all interested individuals.

Please apply with a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria for selection and why you wish to join Tennis Wales.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 12th June 2020.

Interview dates for shortlisted candidates will be agreed on an individual basis.

Please note that the successful applicant will be required to complete a Criminal Record Disclosure Form.

Acorn Recruitment acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment

Type: Permanent
Start Date: July
Contract Length: N/A
Contact Name: Zoiya Saleem
Telephone: 01633 660 000
Email: Zoiya.Saleem@acornpeople.com
Job Reference: BBBH19880_1586358544
Job ID: 211975716

May 082020
 

Non-Executive Director - ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust (ACE MAT)

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND | PLYMOUTH/ LAUNCESTON/ TIVERTON
Branding/Marketing | CEO/ General Management | CFO/Financial | Change Management | Corporate Governance | Education Leadership | Human Resources | Legal/Compliance | Risk
Deadline date: 12th June 2020

ACE MAT was established in 2016 and oversees the provision of alternative and special education provision in sites located between Launceston, Tiverton and Plymouth. The trust has been through a challenging year and is now in the process of re-launching with a new CEO in place. The board seeks five additional non-executive directors/trustees to help drive forward a new strategy and hold the executive to account. Board meetings are held at the trust’s Head Office in Plymouth PL6 8LR.

About the trust

ACE MAT incorporates three Academies, ACE Schools Academy; Courtlands Special School and Ace Tiverton. The Trust oversees a combined income of £10.3m; 250 staff and 500 pupils. It operates from an office in Plymouth with 23 staff.
ACE Schools operates a pupil referral unit in Plymouth. It also has a further six operations providing alternative education around Plymouth. An outreach team provides education and support services throughout the community educating pupils at homes or places away from school. IT then operates a base in Exeter (soon to expand to two bases) and has three further bases in Cornwall. ACE Schools has developed a good reputation locally and nationally for its approach and work with challenged pupils. The school’s performance, size and excellent services has projected it to being one of the leading alternative providers of education in the UK. Ace Schools has 380 pupils and 162 staff.

Courtlands Special School is a Plymouth based primary school for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and other complex needs. The school has circa 85 pupils and 51 staff; but operates from a very challenging building, which was due for replacement prior to it becoming an academy.

ACE Tiverton opened in September 2019 catering for pupils with Education Health and Care Plans, including Autistic Spectrum Condition or Social Emotional and Mental Health. The school has 35 pupils currently (set to rise to just over 70 at full complement) and 14 staff. The premises have been custom converted by Devon County Council in a substantial £4.5m refurbishment project.

The MAT also have expressions of interest lodged for four further schools planned to open over the next three years.

Plans for the future

The long-term goals for ACE MAT is to provide the best possible education for pupils needing alternative education in the South-West and readying them for further education or a career. Recognising the fundamental importance of all staff, the MAT looks to provide the best development and infrastructure.

The trust have recently launched their new strategy: “Transforming Futures Changing Lives”. This sets a new way for the trust, a new direction, learning from the past but with a very different determination and direction of travel. This is based on the conviction that the staff are experts in trauma informed practice and can make the connection with the difficult young people who need our specialist help.

There are three main priorities in the strategy:

  • A new robust governance system with greater involvement of local teams and communities
  • Continued growth using outreach services and expanding our wrap provision;
  • Improved streamlined back office functions that support frontline staff

The trust know that if they can get this right, then ACE MAT can make a difference for a range of people: not just for the students, but their parents and families; their communities. In addition, the trust will be a better place to work, with better communications, easier to manage systems, greater support and better relationships.

Trust ethos & values

ACE MAT focuses on students’ needs and stands for excellence in education, uncompromising professionalism and solution-focused support.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 5

Role 1-5– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leadership group to account for the educational, safeguarding and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law. In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for these roles includes:

  • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
    • CFO/Finance/Qualified Accountant OR
    • Educational Leadership OR
    • Supporting SEND/Disadvantaged Pupils OR
    • HR/Organisation Development OR
    • Marketing/PR/Communications
  • Desirable
    • CEO/Executive Management
    • Company/Charity Governance
    • Change/Growth/Risk Management
    • Regulatory Compliance

Time commitment

Trustees need to prepare for and attend at least 2 two hours meetings every term. It is important that you can also find time to visit our schools. We offer support, training, and a bespoke induction programme.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at the trust’s Head Office, Unit 3 Ensign House, Parkway Court, Longbridge Road, Plymouth PL6 8LR. We are aiming to offer more meetings virtually as well.

Trust website: http://www.acemat.uk/

Governance structure

For more information about the current board, please go to: http://www.acemat.uk/the-trust/governance/the-board/

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 832 multi-academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications.